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Food Waste Recycling

How big a problem is food waste?
  • Each Australian household throws away an average of 585 kg of food per year
  • Australian businesses generate 2.5 million tonnes of organic waste annually
  • A supermarket discards 200 - 400 kg per day of vegetable trimmings and expired food products
  • A hospital survey showed that food waste was of the order of 2kg per in-patient per day
  • In a mining camp, organic waste is up to 1.0 kg per resident per day
  • Restaurants create up to 2.5 kg of food waste per cover per week
Whichever way you look at it, it is huge. And, on one point, there is unanimous agreement - these organics, particularly food waste, MUST be diverted from landfill. Organic waste in landfill rots anaerobically and gives off methane gas, which is 21 to 25 times more damaging as a greenhouse gas (GHG) than carbon dioxide. 

"Diverting 2 tonnes of food waste from landfill reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the same degree as taking a car off the road for a year. Eco Guardians is proud that it can offer such a benefit."

Some countries have already banned organic waste from landfill or, at least, made the cost of dumping it exorbitant. Australia and New Zealand are following this trend - for example, the State of Victoria increased its Landfill Levy by 100% on 01 July 2010 and by a further 45% in 2011. Such cost escalations are a significant burden on industry, running into tens of thousands of dollars. Many businesses are acting now to avoid reaching crisis point. 

Now, with GaiaRecycle, the organic waste can be treated at source and broken down into two re-usable resources - water and a sustainable organic fertiliser.


Products Used



Gaia GC-1200 at Olympic Dam
Gaia GG-1200H
Gaia GC-50
Our Vision
To provide economic yet sustainable solutions to a range of problems that today’s businesses face with their environmental obligations. “The environment should not be treated as a dumping ground".